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College Football Stock Market: Alabama is a Good Buy

The A.J. McCarron led Crimson Tide are a National Championship contender in 2011. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

With the unveiling of the BCS rankings, I have decided to unveil the first ever Sports of Boston stock market.

Each week I am going to take a look at a handful of teams and evaluate whether or not you should buy into the team or sell.

Here’s a few factors that go into buying a team:

  • Chance to win a championship/conference are important.
  • Strength of schedule are also considered.
  • Overall quality of the team and how they will fair for the rest of the year.

Without further adieu our stocks.

Alabama: No. 2

I am all in on the Tide.

I consider them the Apple of college football, meaning no matter what they are steady, always one of the best teams in the country. Alabama is a team you want to buy into no matter the cost and here is why: Their toughest game of there season (LSU) they get at home, a place where they have won 24 of their last 25 games.

The best player in college football plays for Alabama. Trent Richardson is second in the country in rushing and third in touchdowns and has rushed for 107 yards or more in his last six games. Their defense is the best in the country — not LSU.

Alabama is allowing the fewest points in the country at 7 points-per-game, their also No. 1 in yards-per-game allowing just 184. Coming into the season Alabama’s biggest question mark was quarterback play and so far that as went well. A.J. McCarron is completing 67 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns to just two interceptions.

Stock recommendation: BUY

Boise State: No. 5

Boise State is 6-0 and are on their way to an undefeated season and what will be another appearance in a BCS bowl game.

The Broncos have been airing it out this year despite losing their top two receivers from last year. Right now Boise State is ranked 13th in the country in passing yards with 307.2 yards a game. Any team powered by Kellen Moore is a stock you have to take a serious look at.

Moore is putting together another Heisman like season with 21 touchdowns and four interceptions. Despite the big numbers from Moore and the fact that Boise will most likely go undefeated I am going to hold off on Boise.

Their schedule kills them. They still have to play TCU, but this year TCU is a bit down. Their toughest game appears to be at San Diego State, which is not overly impressive. Boise really is a difficult team to gauge. On one hand they are your safest option for a team to go undefeated, on the other hand they play a cupcake schedule.

If Boise decides to join the Big East I would buy in immediately, solely for the automatic bid.

Stock recommendation: Hold off

Kansas State: No. 11

At 6-0 I would consider the Wildcats the biggest surprise this season. They lost Daniel Thomas to the NFL and somehow have improved.

Here is something alarming to me though, Kansas State has won their last four games by a total of 19 points. Some would argue that, that proves they can win close games, but four straight grind it out games worry me. Another thing that worries me is that Collin Klein is their whole offense. Klein has only thrown for 739 in six games, but has rushed for 578 yards, which leads the team.

Kansas State travels to play Kansas next, which means a win because everyone beats Kansas. After that though they play four ranked opponents, two of which are in the top four in Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Kansas State was a surprise, but with four of their next five games against top 25 teams the ride is coming to an end.

Stock recommendation: Sell

West Virginia: No. 15

Despite all the turmoil in the offseason the Mountaineers have been able to come together for what looks like another Big East championship.

At 5-1, WVU has proven to be the class of the Big East. Their one loss this season came at the hands of LSU, a team that they trailed by six late in the third quarter. Playing in the Big East means WVU should finish the year at 11-1. They rank 13th in the country in scoring with 40.8 points-per-game and 11th in total yards-per-game with 503.5.

From here on out everything lies on quarterback Geno Smith’s shoulders. Smith has thrown for the fifth most yards in the country and has 16 touchdowns to three interceptions. It’s tough to see the Mountaineers losing a game from here on out which is why they are an intriguing team.

The computers don’t love them, but if they go 11-1 they could surprise some people.

Stock recommendation: Buy

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